LeBron was officially listed as questionable for the game with what the team called a groin contusion. He missed last week's contest against the Denver Nuggets with a thoracic muscle strain and a groin issue, with the latter injury becoming much worse after LeBron was kneed to the groin by Patrick Beverley during their Christmas Day showdown.
Yahoo Sources: Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James (groin) will play tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers. https://t.co/qhwN5IZuUJ
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) December 29, 2019
Ahead of the showdown with Damian Lillard and the Blazers, LeBron James was already expected to play. After all, his injury was not deemed to be too serious. Moreover, the cause of concern over his recent injury was only his history, considering that he missed a ton of games last season after sustaining a groin issue on Christmas as well.
The Lakers are currently sliding in the Western Conference, losing four straight games against the Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Nuggets and Clippers. While they remain atop the West standings, the Nugs and Clips are closing in and are just two games behind.
Having LeBron in the lineup is certainly a huge boost for the Lakers as they try to put an end to their losing streak. James is unarguably the most important players for the Purple and Gold this year, especially with his role as facilitator and scorer for the team.
In the 30 games he has played so far, he is averaging 25.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 10.6 assists per game while shooting an efficient 49.1 percent from the field, 34.4 percent from 3-point territory and 67.9 percent from the free-throw line.
In the Lakers' first meeting with the Blazers this season, LeBron dropped 31 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Meanwhile, Anthony Davis top-scored the team with 39 markers en route to a 136-113 LA victory.